Long regarded as Turkey’s national sport, the age-old pastime of oil wrestling has been practiced since ancient times. It’s a bizarrely captivating sight, as bare-chested participants, clothed only in a pair of kispet – wrestling tights that resemble lederhosen made from water buffalo hide – slather themselves in olive oil and attempt to wrestle each other to the ground. The hottest ticket of the wrestling season is the Kirkpinar oil wrestling festival in Edirne, which, with a history dating back to 1392, is regarded as the oldest wrestling contest in the world and has even been placed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity list.
Category: Day Trips
June 2, 2015
Straddling the border between Europe and Asia and teeming with exquisite architecture, lively bazaars and historic sites, there’s nowhere quite like Istanbul and there’s so much to see and do in Turkey’s cultural capital, it can be hard to know where to start. Istanbul Super Savers are a great choice for saving both time and money, with the chance to combine popular tours and make big savings.
May 25, 2015
Spread across the border of Europe and Asia, and home to some of the world’s most impressive Islamic architecture, there’s nowhere quite like Istanbul and however long you have to spend in the city, you’ll likely want to stay longer. From visiting the top attractions to sampling local delicacies or exploring off-the-beaten-track sights – here are 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Istanbul. See how many you can squeeze into your itinerary.
August 11, 2014
The artifacts of lost love crowd many a back drawer or trunks in closets—old letters, photos, half-burnt candles, empty perfume bottles, cinema tickets. For some, like Kemal Basmacı, it’s a life consuming obsession.
June 16, 2014
Istanbul is indeed home to one of the world’s best promenades along the Bosphorus—fantastic for the geography and history.
June 9, 2014
Jewish Istanbul is open to anyone who seeks it out with an open heart and genuine interest.
May 26, 2014
On your next visit, make a point to step off the beaten path and visit these lesser known sights in Istanbul, many of which can be seen on a private half-day tour.
May 12, 2014
Although the European shore now feels like one continuous settlement, Istanbul’s Bosphorus villages on the Asian side retains some sense of the former rural nature
April 14, 2014
When Istanbul’s summer heat and congested bustle become too oppressive, thousands board the ferries and sea buses at Kabataş and Kadiköy for a day trip to the Princes’ Islands
March 17, 2014
For anyone who’s huffed and puffed to the top, the views of the Bosphorus, Golden Horn, and beyond are one of the best things to do in Istanbul.